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WRITING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

UCSB provides a variety ​of workshops and events ​to serve graduate students' writing needs. These include programs dedicated to ​improving grant writing skills, writing literature reviews, turning class papers in conference papers, crafting academic job search documents, and more. Please see the Events page for our upcoming (as well as past) programs. If you do not see a service provided that you think would help you and others on campus, we want to know about it! ​Email the Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director (robby.nadler@graddiv.ucsb.edu) to tell him your idea so that we can do our best to make it a part of our programming block.

Academic Job Market Writing Success Series (Summer Quarter)

This 5-part series supports graduate students from all stages and disciplines through the academic job market process. Learn more about this series on the info page linked above and stay tuned to the GradPost for announcements on upcoming sessions.

NSF GRFP Success Series (Fall Quarter)

Every ​Fall Quarter, we offer a series of workshops to help students with the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). The GRFP is one of the most preeminent honors that a young scholar can receive. In addition to the distinction, the GRFP provides research security and freedom by providing graduate students with $138,000 over three years. Learn more about this series on the info page linked above and stay tuned to the GradPost for announcements on upcoming sessions.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Success Series (Fall Quarter)

The Ford Foundation Fellowship offers generous support to students at the beginning of a Ph.D., in the dissertation phase, or seeking post-doctoral scholarship—in all disciplines. ​​Every Fall Quarter, the Graduate Division offers the Ford Foundation Fellowship Success Series, which ​is a three-part series that will 1) introduce students to the fellowship through current fellows, 2) break down the various writing components needed to apply, and 3) deconstruct sample winning applications to illustrate ways to produce a strong application. Click the link above to find out more and stay tuned to the GradPost for announcements on upcoming sessions.

"How To" Writing Workshop Series (Winter Quarter)

Join us for a series of how-to workshops related to the academic job market and general academic writing. Click on the link above to learn more and RSVP to individual sessions.

Writing Soft Skills Success Series (Spring Quarter)

The Writing Soft Skills Success Series addresses writing concerns that are often overlooked in the classroom. From answering questions about how to use a comma to providing strategies for improving writing efficiency, this series will focus on the skills that go into being a productive writer. Think of this as self-care for writing. Contained to only one-hour blocks, these sessions will present focused explorations of a topic that will allow participants to then take stock of their own writing skills. Click on the link above to learn more and stay tuned to the GradPost for announcements on upcoming sessions.

NSF GRFP Mini Success Series (​Spring Quarter)

Every ​​Spring Quarter, we offer a mini series of workshops to help students with the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). The GRFP is one of the most preeminent honors that a young scholar can receive. In addition to the distinction, the GRFP provides research security and freedom by providing graduate students with $138,000 over three years. Learn more about this series on the info page linked above and stay tuned to the GradPost for announcements on upcoming sessions.

About Our Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director, Robby Nadler

Robby Nadler holds terminal degrees from the University of Montana (M.F.A.) and the University of Georgia (Ph.D.). At the latter, he directed the campus’ five writing centers and was responsible for developing the university’s dissertation/thesis boot camps, creating and teaching the university’s graduate writing courses, and transforming the campus writing centers in research units. His research fields focus on nontraditional sites of basic writing, including graduate writing, STEM composition, and writing centers. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2018 Council on Basic Writing’s Innovation Award, which is granted to one institution annually and represents the highest honor in the field of basic writing praxis. He is also author of the book jesse garon writes a love letter, a magical realism memoir about holocaust narratives and Elvis Presley that was inspired during his Fulbright grant in Israel. When not writing, Robby can be found in the gym or engaging his side pursuits as a classically trained pastry chef and baker. For writing-related questions, information, and suggestions, you can email him at robby.nadler@graddiv.ucsb.edu.